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2008 Catch Reports; an 8lb Ghostie

Fishing and Catch Reports For 2008

Fishing reports during 2008

Updated: 25th, August 2008
Mr Carvell who helped his son catch his first ever Carp in the House Pool For the unadulterated versions of the regular catch reports sent each month to the press during 2008.
January 2008

The Main Lake as it appears during early spring/late winter

February 2008Young relative beginner Daniel with a 7 1/4lb Common

Bryan Scott of Aberystwyth with a lovely 7 1/2lb Grassie from the Main Pool

Coarse Fishing:

It may be winter but the fish don't seem to know that as summer fish like Tench and Bream have been caught, mainly on sweetcorn. Floating Bread is still working well as are floating dog biscuits. Mark Williams of Ffos y Ffin fishing after the coldest night of the year so far catching 18 Carp, mainly 3-4lb, on floating biscuits and bread and many good Roach on sweetcorn. Best fish so far has been a 12lb Linear Mirror to Bill Stafford of Llewyncelyn also on sweetcorn. Daniel Purton of New Quay had 8 Carp on a very cold day with his best being a 7 1/4lb Common (pictured). All fish have been scale perfect and in pristine condition. Several anglers have caught many Carp and upwards of 50 Roach, many 1/2lb plus on sweetcorn or soft hookable pellets. Best tactics have been either to regularly rotate between 3-4 baits or fishing between 2 or 3 swims catching a couple of fish in each in rotation.

Bryan Scott (pictured) from Aberystwyth float fishing a chunk of fresh raw sausage on a the 1st, March 2008 (a cool day ) landed after a short fight this lovely 7 1/2lb Grassie. His best fish of the day.

Trout Fishing:

On bright days like we've had recently fish are likely to be found at least 3 feet deep. Overcast days, especially mornings have produced some cracking fish, mainly around the 2-2 1/2lb mark. Nigel Lewis from Northampton having 8 fish during an overcast morning and no fish in an afternoon when the sun has been bright and high in the sky. Best flies have been black ones especially Damsels and Montanas with Cats Whisker also proving worthwhile.

March 2008

youngster, Jake with a 5lb superbly conditioned Common from the Main Lake

13yr Daniel Pearson of Llangollen with a lovely 9 1/2lb Common caught using chum mixer pellets

A unknown angler from Llandysul with a 12lb clean Common

Two lads having a blinder on our Trout Lakes with a good catch of lovely Rainbow Trout

Recent catches have included:-

Coarse Fishing: It may be late winter or early spring but WOW!

Luncheon meat and Sweetcorn have consistently produced the goods, virtually anywhere on the lakes. The Novice pool has produced some lovely Carp and Roach to local juniors anglers.

While the House pool has been slow but steady. Daniel (center) has had several Bream with the best at 2 1/2lb and 1lb+ Roach from the House Pool. His best fish of the week being a 9 1/2lb Common on floating Dog Biscuit from the Main Lake. Daniel also had Tench to 1 1/2lb, a personal best.

A visiting angler had a 6 1/2lb Grass Carp on 29th, March, a day of foul weather, on sweetcorn near to the bottom aerator in the Main Lake.

While, young Jake from Llandysul has had a 5lb Common and his angling pal a 6 1/4lb as well as many other good sized fish. Another visiting angler has had the month's best at 12lb (pictured) from the Main Lake on luncheon Meat on the 29th, March.

Trout Fishing: Those foolish enough the brave the weather had some cracking sport with many 2 1/2lb Rainbows coming out; mainly on floating lines, long leaders and black flies. Imitation bugs have also done well with one angler in particular taking 9 fish in 2 days. An example bag of Trout pictured left.

April 2008

Mike Keeling of Llanrhystud with his 15lb Common Carp caught using floating bread in the margins

Coarse Fishing:

Up to the 5th, April many good Carp have been caught mainly on floating baits, including, 10's, 11, 12, 14 and 15lb Commons and Mirrors with the best so far at a fighting fit 15lb by Mike Keeling of Llanryhstud

Trout Fishing:

Still continues to produce good bags of 2lb+ fish with many beginners and novices catching their fair share too. For one angler the trust Diawl Back certainly produced the goods taking 6 fish to 3lb. Prospects - excellent!

May 2008

June 2008

80yr old Roy caught this Grassie using a Fly Rod and floating dog pellet - a 9.5lb Grassie his first ever.

Recent catches have included:-

Coarse Fishing: On the 3rd, June 2008, a warm bright day, novice Coarse Angler Roy was being shown how to fish Chum Mixer pellets using a fly rod and line in the House Pool. By occasionally feeding with loose pellets Roy managed to get the Carp up and looking for food. By carefully dapping his bait banded pellet Roy was lucky enough to hook and then land this lovely 9 1/2lb Grassie (photograph above), well done Roy!

Luncheon meat, Sweetcorn and Campbells meat balls are still consistently producing the goods, virtually anywhere on the Coarse lakes. In the early hours and after 4pm floating baits such as Bread and Chum Mixer pellets are definitely the baits to use.

The Novice pool with its good head of Roach and Carp rarely disappoints and often produces some excellent Carp around the 3lb mark.

The Housepool has started to produce some nice Bream up to 3lb and some cracking Roach fishing with many around the 1/2lb mark. The best Carp this month from the House Pool has been a 12lb Mirror, caught 2ft from the bank under the overhang of a tree on luncheon meat.

The Main Lake continues to produce some excellent Carp, with a couple of Night Anglers landing several doubles with the best a 17lb Common on Halibut Pellets. One pair in particular stopping fishing in the early hours saying "that if they didn't they wouldn't get any sleep." They had caught 70 Carp between them. The Grass Carp continue to be caught on floating baits with an unexpected 14lb one being landed. Good, light golden Green Tench continue to be caught, mainly on sweetcorn and from 1/2lb upwards with the best recent fish being about 3lb.

Trout Fishing: Although the weather has recently been warm, on the hotter days with clear skies fishing has been hard. As soon as the sky became overcast fishing improved. Best flies have been nymphs and similar wet flies fished at about 3ft deep on floating lines. Most fish caught have been in the 2 - 2 1/2lb range with the occasional 3lb and over.

July 2008

A large 42" long Eel caught in Main Lake 1st, July 2008, estimated as having a 10" girth and weighing about 3 1/2-4lb. was caught on frozen Prawn.

This is the second Eel of this size from the Main Lake, smaller ones of about 2ft long had been caught during June in the Novices and House Pools.
Unfortunately we are unable to show photographs of this large Eel, taken by its captor as they have never arrived as promised, sorry.
August 2008

14 year old Josh from Llangollen landed this excellent example of a 12lb 6oz Common

Hotel Manager, Fred Freeman with his 19lb 3oz Mirror

Ms Jo Pearson from Llangollen while on a fishing holiday with us caught this fine 10lb 10oz Common Carp

Recent catches have included:-

Coarse Fishing: On the 21st, August newcomer Josh started using moist Chum mixer pellets in the Main Lake It was Josh's day as he caught and landed after a short hard struggle his PB best Carp at 12lb 6oz (photograph above), well done Josh!

Nineoaks' Coarse lakes fish extremely well with dog mixer biscuits whether bait banded dry ones or pre-soaked, moist ones. Usually early morning of afternoons into the evening are the best times. Many good carp have been caught during the past month with many on dog biscuits plus Luncheon meat, Sweetcorn and Campbells meat balls everywhere on the Coarse lakes. Another example of a soft dog biscuit caught fish by Jo Pearson (pictured above) with her PB of 10lb 10oz. Meanwhile, Fred Freeman fishing luncheon meat had a lovely 19lb 3oz Mirror in the Main Lake (pictured). On Friday 22nd, August fishing dog biscuit Ms Jo Pearson from Llangollen with a 10lb 10oz Common Carp (pictured). Many other Carp, Tench, skimmer and Grass Carp are consistently being landed on a variety of baits. Definitely chum mixers for early morning sessions in the margins and after 4pm each day.

The Novice pool is consistently producing some lovely small Carp, some excellent Roach and the occasional skimmer. Every youngster fishing it has had a great time. The Novice Pool also contains Carp to nearly 4lb and someone during each week has one or two. Best baits are luncheon meat, sweet corn and bread.

The House pool is just getting better and better as each season passes. Several 2lb Roach have been caught with plenty 1/2lb+. Some good Tench are coming out up to 4lb, Grass Carp to 10lb and plenty of Carp with the best during August being a 12 1/2lb Ghost Mirror. Maggots always a good bait, chick peas, luncheon meat, sweet corn and Bread are consistently picking up good fish with the better angler alternating their baits every few fish to continuously catch all day.

Trout Fishing: Following the warmer weather when the water temperature rose to 20° since then we have had plenty of rain and water temperatures are much lower. Trout fishing continues to improve. Many anglers are now catching Rainbows and Blues in the 2lb range with the occasionally bigger fish. Late evenings and early mornings are certainly better than mid-day fishing. Small, wet flies, nymphs, montanas and the like are the consistently better than dry flies. Most fish have been caught at about 3ft deep. Photo gallery to see our photo gallery.

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